I know a lot of you have been awaiting an update from us here at The Robin Hood.
So we thought that we would tell our story of the year so far.
Let's be honest, no one expected this year to be as awful as it has turned out to be.
Every person, up and down the country, has been affected in one way or another.
Those who know us, will be aware that we are an independent business, built on hopes, dreams, love and hard work. We care for our pub, our staff and our customers. It has been difficult not being able to see you all this year, however we have kept busy and have developed our offerings for the future.
As we have moved from Lockdown 2.0 to the tiered system, there has been a push from businesses to get back to "normal" for Christmas.
We have carefully considered the situation and have decided to remain closed until restrictions to trading are lifted and we can guarantee a safe area for the public.
On the 18th March 2020
We decided to close our business until the crisis is resolved.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR 4th JULY UPDATE
We would like to thank everyone for the support we have received since the Spring. We have continued to keep the pub alive online.
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It has been a difficult year, but we hope by remaining closed, we will be here to welcome and support our community in the future.
Sustaining the Robin Hood has been our priority. Our rent, bills, licenses and expenses continue to be payable.
During the initial lockdown we were grateful for support to our crowdfunding page.
This provided support for a few weeks,
when we most needed it, while no other support was available.
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As with most local business, we have benefited from grant support and rates relief administered by Carlisle City Council.
We have also been supplementing the costs of the Robin Hood by increasing our hours in our part time jobs.
With the long term investments that we have made here, we have diversified our business to offer nationally, our online wine cellar. This will also help support the Robin in the future.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our unique range of Hungarian wines available in our online store.
We were lucky to visit the Tóth Family Vineyard in January, prior to 2020 going downhill.
We have over 20 unique and delicious wines to choose from, all sourced from family owned vineyards in rural Hungary:
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW WHITE WINES
Our Seasonal tasting menu's - which have been available as part of our Private Dining service alongside our unique Hungarian wines, have been a fantastic way to enjoy the best local produce while the pub has been closed, during the pandemic.
This year we have taken our fine dining service on the road, we have had the pleasure to visit clients in Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and others as well as visiting some familiar friendly local faces.
CLICK HERE to Learn more about This years seasonal tasting menu.
Although we are fully booked for our Christmas Tasting Menu, we currently have availability for our mid-winters menu, starting in January.
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This year we launched our #Quarantea project to support and feed the vulnerable and at risk within our local community.
We provided hot meals support and created a bank of easy to follow recipes and cooking tips for everyone to enjoy during lockdown.
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If you need recipe inspiration or cooking tips, get in touch via CHEF CRAIG HENNESSEY
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I did not have the luxury of coffee, sugar or soft drinks.
Follow my progress over on Instagram Chef Craig Hennessey.
To Learn more about my weeks challenge CLICK HERE.
Thank you to everyone who supported my challenge, we have now raised over £600
There is still time to donate CLICK HERE to visit my donation page.
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During the Summer we joined the dedicated volunteers at SHINE in Brampton and beyond. They have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support the community.
A small, dedicated team of volunteers have ensured that the vulnerable and at risk members of our community have received support through food parcels and hot meals service.
The team have been collecting food donations from local people and businesses as well as providing support to the users, in a large rural area.
We will continue to listen to professional advice, so that when restrictions to trade are lifted, we will be able to provide a greener future and higher quality dining experience for all.
If you would like to join our online community, you can continue to support our sustainable business.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our mobile app.
If you have been thinking about what wine to enjoy this festive period, then look no further.
Our unique and delicious range of award winning wines can still be delivered to you for FREE, in time for Christmas.
Our new delivery service allows you to enjoy delicious Hungarian wine while reducing the amount of packaging required & by having our delivery drivers plot the most efficient route.
Select 'ECOFLEX' at checkout -
its that simple!
Join our regular monthly delivery to receive your wine for FREE within 30 days.
CLICK HERE LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR DELIVERY OPTIONS.
A "new normal" of equality and sustainability is something we should look to build in our local communities.
The future of pubs throughout the country depends on community support.
Small, independent businesses are the heart of the community. Every time you spend your hard earned money with one, you make someones dream come true.
We would like to thank everyone for their support during this year and wish you all the best for this Christmas.
We hope you are able to enjoy your Christmas bubble with the ones you love the most.